It's also noted that both updates will not be over-the-air due to their size (80MB for the Moment and 117MB for the Hero), because Sprint isn't able to handle the hosting requirements (either Google or the manufacturers will have to get that done), and that more than 90 percent of Moments out there don't have software that can handle an OTA update. Boo, indeed.
Anyhoo, we'll see if the Moment update makes it out tonight -- we're not betting on it -- and hold out hope for more news next week. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Adam!
Android 2.1+ Two weeks ago, Twitter announced it was developing its own official Android app. Today, that client was released. You can find it now in the Android Market. [link] There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over whether Twitter is effectively stabbing outside developers in the back. But after just a few minutes with the app, that's certainly not the case yet, for a couple reasons. One is that the app is open source -- Google will release the code. The other is that, so far, the app is pretty simple.
That's not to say the app is bad. Far from it. But it's pretty basic. It currently only handles one account at a time (that's a deal-breaker for me). Tweets are displayed simply but effectively. You won't have a problem reading them. All of the usual features are there -- search, retweet (only native retweets, unfortunately), picture upload, etc. But the bells and whistles that you find on such apps as Seesmic and Twidroid keep them at the top of our must-have Twitter app list for now. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in! Screenshots after the break.
Want more on the LG Ally for Verizon? We've got it. It's in a commercial for "Iron Man 2," and it's clearly running Android. That keyboard looks pretty darn usable, but the D-pad could be interesting. We've confirmed that in fact it's Android 2.1 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5MP camera, with all the usual bells and whistles. We've heard a mid-May launch window, but that's still up in the air.
The commercial points us to LG.com/ally, which in turn points to lgim2.com, which says more is coming today. But that's it so far. Check out the commercial after the break. Thanks, J Blair!
Good news for those of you who just have to be able to install applications to the SD card. Google -- which said in January that this would be addressed -- has officially marked the issue (1151, if you're counting at home) with a "future release" status and has closed the thread.
And one Googler replied with the following:
Apologies, but I'm not permitted to disclose scheduling information - suffice to say it's coming soon :) Sorry for being vague, and thank you for your continued patience - I sincerely appreciate it.
Whoa! The WiFi Alliance certified the (likely Android) Motorola MB810 today for IEEE Standard 802.11 b/g/n. Yes, that's the Shadow, and I know a lot of us have been waiting for more info about this screamer. Still no concrete details or specs, but in case you forgot here's what we think we know:-
Full Qwerty landscape slider
4.3-inch capacitive screen
8MP autofocus camera
AT&T 3G GSM radio
If you're an AT&T subscriber, start gathering up the change from your ashtray and from deep down in the couch. This is one you don't wanna miss out on. [via Phonedog]
For you folks in Australia using the HTC Desire on Telstra, know that there's a software update available that should en your GPS woes. You can download it over the air (either WiFi or network), or directly from HTC, though doing it from the desktop will wipe the device. [HTC]
The Vodafone 845, the first Vodafone-branded Android device, is now confirmed for a May launch. No specific date has been given, just May and "coming soon." There is an official video of the phone, and while I can't confirm this, the video makes it look as if it has a resistive touch screen. The first thought behind that is "ouch," but it doesn't look too bad in the video. It's expected to be offered as a bargain phone, so we can't really complain about the lack of fancy features. Video after the break. Thanks to Dave for sending this in. [Vodafone]